Public Land Development Corp

SUBHEAD: The public lands being privatized are Hawaiian kingdom lands that have never been relinquished.  

By Donna Wong on 18 August 2012 in Island Breath - 
Image above: Recent highrise development on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. Down on the street is crass and commercial. From (

In 2011 the legislature passed Act 55 Public Land Development Corporation (PLDC), sponsored by Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, and signed into law by Governor Abercrombie.

Act 55 establishes the PLDC as a State development corporation attached to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to develop public lands placed under the PLDC jurisdiction, including but not limited to existing open shoreline areas, conservation lands, agricultural lands, and small boat harbors, for commercial purposes to generate revenue for the State.

PLDC is a vehicle and process “to make optimal economic, environmental, and social use of public land,” including public recreation and visitor holiday destinations, through an “appropriate [1] and culturally-sensitive [2]” public land development program.

PLDC has a lot of power over our public lands so please get involved now! If anyone thinks they are not affected by what is about to happen, you are wrong (private land owners pay attention to this). This is the single most atrocious crime against Hawaii and people since the illegal overthrow. This ʻActʻ needs to be REPEALED. Come to the Public hearings on PLDC DRAFT Administrative Rules. All meetings will be from 6 to 8 pm at:
Monday 8/20
Waiakea High School Cafeteria, 155 West Kawili Street

Tuesday 8/21
Konawaena High School Cafeteria, 81-1043 Konawaena School Road, Keakakekua  

 Friday 8/24
Maui Waena Intermediate School Cafeteria, 795 Onehee Street, Kahului  

Monday 8/27
Mitchell Pau`ole Community Center, 90 Ainoa Street  

OAHU: Wednesday 8/29
DLNR Kalanimoku Building, Land Board Conference Room 132, 1151 Punchbowl Street  

KAUAI: Friday 8/31at Elsie Wilcox Elementary School, 4319 Hardy Street, Lihue.

 Image above: Frankenstein's Burger King on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. If you think this is odd you should see the Ripley's Believe it or Not down the street. From ( 

 The following are a few excerpts From Summary of Draft PLDC Rules. See marked up attachment for more detail and analysis ( For the text of the act itself go here. ( :
The PLDC is authorized to: Develop and implement public lands projects and facilities to create revenue-generating centers or where, through detailed analysis, opportunities exist to exploit potential local, national, and international markets. Exemption from Lawful Development Requirements PLDC projects shall be exempt from all statutes, ordinances, charter provisions, and rules of any government agency relating to land use, zoning, and construction standards for subdivisions, development, and improvement of land; the construction, improvement, and sale of homes thereon; and special improvement district assessments or requirements PLDC Powers. Acquire or contract to acquire:
  • All privately owned real property or any interest therein and improvements thereon determined by the PLDC to be necessary or appropriate for its purposes, including real property … in excess of that needed for such use … where other justifiable cause necessitates acquisition for the contemplated improvements
  • Recommend to the DLNR board the “purchase of any privately owned properties that may be appropriate for development”
Exemption from Taxation
  • The PLDC shall not be required to pay state taxes of any kind.
And if this isnʻt bad enough, private property owners will need to pay for infrastructure costs if they live near one of these ʻimprovementsʻ because it is for the ʻpublic goodʻ. PLDC foreign corporations will merely plan, build, and profit.
The PUBLIC lands they refer to are: Ceded Lands/ (Kingdom lands, title to which was NEVER relinquished) • Donna Wong is Executive Director Hawaii's Thousand Friends. Phone/fax: 808-262-0682

1 comment :

  1. looks like a supra-state entity being formed that is above the law. Is this the new governmental trend everywhere, whereby the elite get to make sweeping decisions without worrying about existing legal structures?

    It seems we are on the road to fascism, ie. the government coupled with corporatists to run things without needing the people's consent.